What began as a small art association?originally assembled to organize an exhibit of local art?eventually blossomed into a full-scale museum as its art collection grew. Today, works by world-renowned artists share space with masterpieces by Mississippians in a museum committed to making the visual arts more accessible for the community at large.?
The Building: After decades in its original location, the museum was moved to a new space in 2007. A transparent door and entryway enables outsiders to see the visitors inside the space, a play on the museum's mantra to make it a "museum without walls."
Permanent Mainstay: The Mississippi Story celebrates art by Mississippians and includes photos by Eudora Welty, works by William Hollingsworth, and a collection of quilts.
Don't Miss: 19th-century portraits includes works by British artists Thomas Lawrence and Thomas Sully; works by master artists Picasso, Mir?, Chagall, and Rembrandt; as well as a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.
In the Open Air: Outside the museum, take a stroll through The Art Garden, more than an acre of green space peppered with outdoor art installations and a performance stage.
Past Exhibits: Spacious Skies featured 14 painted or drawn landscapes culled from the permanent collections of such artists as John Sloan, Will Henry Rivers, Elaine Galen, as well as the museum's first painting, William P. Silva's The Shower.
Pro Tip: At the monthly workshop Look and Learn with Hoot, kids develop the skills for art literacy through an art activity and story time.
Special Programs: Almost 30 affiliate museums throughout the state regularly feature artwork from the museum's permanent collection.
More than 200 species swim through the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and that's just the facility's aquatic residents. Beyond the aquarium network sprawls an abundance of plant and animal life both indoors and out. A trip through the museum campus reveals Mississippi's diverse ecosystems, as well as their relationship to humans.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Celtic Heritage Society's CelticFest brings together traditional music, dance, art, and culture to Mississippians with live performances and special booths from local vendors. On Friday night, 15 acts will perform on five indoor and three outdoor stages from 7:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m., reliving the Gaelic tradition of settling conflicts with a Battle of the Bands. Catch international acts including Scottish songwriter Brian McNeill or Irish pluckers The Fuchsia Band performing Celtic-style tunes from their native lands. Eclectic locals, Wild Irish Roots, will fuse traditional Celtic music with American staples such as bluegrass, rock, and star-spangled banners. Revelers can redeem their tickets for premium beers such as Guinness (5 tickets), domestic brews (4 tickets), or cool bottles of water (2 tickets).
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
Magnolia Roller Vixens is a community-wise sports initiative for adult females. MRV promotes and fosters the sport of flat track derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among its team members and staff. MRV is an apprentice league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
Strike Entertainment charms clans with themed and open bowling in their 25,000-square-foot family fun center. Quartets commandeer one of twelve polished lanes, a hodgepodge of neon orbs, and palmfuls of pizza to fuel two hours of bowling amidst an outer space–themed backdrop bedecked in planets and rocket ships commuting in from Milky Way suburbs. Funky Monkey bowling sessions thrill tots with a goofy spin on traditional ten-pin knockout and fuzzy cameos from the facility's friendly banana-loving mascot. Friday and Saturday nights, bulbs bathe alleys in the royal-blue tones of blacklights during Mystic bowling hours, illuminating colorful bowling balls and whitening toothpastes used to keep pins unblemished.